Upper Cape Members

The Ranch House (Barnstable)


Jennifer Lin

Hello! My name is Jen and I am a 21-year-old, recent graduate from Rutgers University-Newark, in New Jersey. I majored in Criminal Justice because I was unsure of what I wanted. During my last year of undergrad, it became clear that I did not want to go into law enforcement. Instead, I was interested in environmental sustainability and conservation, and have been demonstrating my dedication to this line of work by volunteering at environmental non-profit organizations and groups such as The Hackensack Riverkeeper and Bayonne Nature Club. I am also part of The Hudson County Group Chapter of the Sierra Club.

A primary life goal of mine is to get a Ph.D. Now that I have an idea of what I want to do, I am even more adamant on continuing higher education because education is the foundation of success for anything and anyone. One of my criminology professor reminded us that college is not for everyone, but education is! Although I’m not exactly certain what the future has in store, I believe that I just need to be the best I can be, and everything else will follow.

Ashley Gardner

Hey there, my name is Ashley! I am 22 years old and grew up in Dallas, Texas. In the summer of 2018, I graduated from the University of North Texas where I studied psychology and environmental ethics in the lively town of Denton. During my undergraduate career, I was granted the opportunity to study abroad in the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve of Chile where classmates and I examined the bio-cultural diversity of the Magallanes region. My time abroad provided me the opportunity to practice and teach ethical field-work and tourism mechanisms.

While in college I spent most of my time working and coaching kids at my local climbing gym, teaching yoga, going on sport climbing trips, cooking, and saying “Y’all”. The combination of my education, work experience, and outdoor hobbies have cemented my intent to pursue a career which seeks to preserve and protect ecosystems and their inhabitants.

I’m so delighted to spend this year learning and loving with the AmeriCorps Cape Cod program!

Makayla Stepp-Davis

I am Makayla Stepp-Davis I am 21 and I am from the Hudson Valley of New York. I just graduated from the University of Mary Washington in Virginia with a major in environmental geology and a minor in environmental sustainability. I have done some work removing invasive species, restoring native land cover, stream sampling, and petroleum products waste clean ups, as well as organizing volunteers for a community green space.

I love hiking, kayaking and canoeing, pretty much anything out in the sun.

Allison Bargabos

Hi! My name is Allison and I am 22 years old. I am from Manlius, New York, which is a suburb of Syracuse. I recently graduated from the State University of New York at Geneseo in May 2018, where I received my bachelor’s degree in Geological Sciences. I took interesting classes about natural resource management, environmental issues, sustainability, and of course many geology classes, which helped me decide that I wanted to pursue an environmental career. During college, I was fortunate to study abroad for a month in Iceland, where I hiked glaciers, volcanoes, and lava fields, and learned about the environment and geologic history of the island. I was also a member of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity, which gave me the opportunity to volunteer with numerous organizations and to develop critical leadership skills. I found a love for service and environmental conservation during my time at Geneseo, and the AmeriCorps Cape Cod program fits my passions perfectly.

My hobbies include reading, writing, music, horseback riding, skiing, and traveling. I am very excited to have amazing experiences with AmeriCorps Cape Cod, and to be able to serve such a beautiful place!

Emily Hardy

Hi, I’m Emily! I’m 22 years old and a recent graduate of a women’s college in South Carolina where I studied music and social entrepreneurship. I hail from New Jersey and proudly boast that the first job I ever had was with the Middlesex County Youth Conservation Corps. I fell in love with the work I did while I was a member, and I met amazing individuals who were just as passionate about caring for our public lands as I was. Now, I can continue that work professionally as an AmeriCorps Cape Cod member to further my knowledge of environmental stewardship and to pay it forward by serving Barnstable County. I’m most excited about acquiring new knowledge that I can take with me to benefit local communities anywhere in the country. Fun fact about me: I’m a percussionist!

Amberly Bark

Hi! My name is Amberly Bark, and I’m 21 years old from Southern California. I stayed pretty close to home for college, attending UCLA for Civil and Environmental Engineering but hope to get more into environmental science and management for my career path. In college, I was privileged to intern with a couple different environmental engineering firms like Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts and work with a non-profit, Generosity.org, that helps implement freshwater well programs with community organizations in developing areas. I love running, cooking new vegetarian recipes, and going to the beach!

I am thrilled at the opportunity to work with and learn from the Barnstable community and organizations!


The Pocasset House (Bourne)


Patrick Murphy

As a natural leader and lifelong scholar, there is nothing more important to me than bold action and the relentless pursuit of knowledge. AmeriCorps offers a unique way to satisfy both of these needs, all while serving my community. My name is Patrick, I am 23 years old and I am from Hanover Massachusetts. I received my B.S. in Psychology from Bridgewater State University. BSU presented me with opportunities to study abroad and participate in volunteer work. In addition to a semester in Lisbon, Portugal, I took part in a study tour throughout rural Jamaica in the summer of 2015. We helped install a septic system at a community fishery and donated supplies and services to local primary schools. I am currently pursuing an MBA in Sustainability and Environmental Concerns from Southern New Hampshire University. I love to stay active. Hockey and soccer are two favorite sports of mine. I also compose my own music and play multiple instruments. To relax, I enjoy reading, listening to music, and watching cartoons.

Collin Buckner

My name is Collin Buckner, I come from Cincinnati, Ohio and I am 23 years of age. I graduated from Miami University (OH) where I focused on Ecology. At Miami I also received my certification as an Environmental Educator. Throughout my undergraduate career I have also had experiences being a student athlete, as well as a student community leader.

This will be my first term with AmeriCorps where I hope to gain valuable experience in the area of conservation in hopes of one day continuing my education in this field. I am very excited to build relationships and engage in new life experiences in my first term as an AmeriCorps Member.

Rachel Robinson

Hello there! My name is Rachel, I’m 19, and I’ve lived in Carbondale, Illinois for the majority of my life. I completed my freshman year of college this past spring, studying forestry and education at SIU. This past summer I worked as the outdoor program leader at Touch of Nature Environmental Center, and with an SIU ecology lab doing prairie restoration research at Konza Prairie Biological Station. My favorite volunteer efforts have been through Green Earth (a program that builds and upkeeps hiking trails in my area), and 91.1 WDBX (a local radio station at which I have a weekly show and plan events). In my free time, I enjoy playing music, and essentially doing anything that involves people and the outdoors. I’m thrilled to explore Cape Cod and gain further experiences, while serving the community to the very best of my abilities.

Kayla Burgess

My name is Kayla, and I am a 22-year old from Kingston, Massachusetts. I graduated this past spring from the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine with a degree in marine biology and a minor in mathematics. As an undergrad, I was highly involved in research, working in a fisheries research lab all four years where I gained experience with laboratory work as well as different types of commercial fishing. I am passionate about protecting our oceans and the creatures within them but am excited to now branch out into other environmental or conservation fields. For instance, I spent this past summer learning about agriculture by working on my aunt and uncle’s farm right here in Bourne.

I love all things sustainability and you can almost always find me with a recycled jar or a reusable “spork” on hand to reduce my use of plastic. Besides finding new uses for recycled items, some of my other favorite activities include playing sports (I swam competitively for 16 years), reading, playing ukulele, and pretty much anything that allows me to spend time outdoors. I am looking forward to learning many new things and meeting great people while serving with AmeriCorps Cape Cod!

Kathryn Evans

Hi! My name is Katie and I am 22 years old. I was born and raised in Southern California and, having lived there my whole life, I am looking forward to experiencing life on the East Coast. I graduated from UCLA last spring, where I obtained a degree in Geography/Environmental Studies with a minor in Global Health. Much of my interest in working in environmental conservation is related to my coursework at UCLA, where I learned about important issues such as climate change, invasive species, and urban development. While in college, I had the opportunity to work in the UCLA Biogeography Lab, aiding in the reconstruction of California’s paleoclimate, as preserved through carbon sequestration, by performing radiocarbon dating and XRF analysis. I was also able to reconstruct past fire regimes in California through charcoal analysis. I gained hands-on experience both in the lab and on a fieldwork trip last summer, during which I was able to obtain sediment cores from the California Central Valley for use in the lab. I also completed a research project my senior year related to climate change, natural disasters, and resilience amongst vulnerable populations, which I believe is particularly relevant to the work of AmeriCorps Cape Cod.

I also worked for four years as an assistant teacher at the UCLA Early Childhood Education Center, primarily with children ages 1-3. I thoroughly enjoy working with children, and some of my best memories are from my time there. In my free time, I enjoy being with friends and family, traveling, and listening to music. I am looking forward to the opportunity to serve with AmeriCorps, and I hope to learn a lot while engaging in meaningful experiences and making a lasting impact on the community of Cape Cod.